Investigator & Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities
Investigators owe it to their participants, and the community at large, to be as knowledgeable as possible regarding the policies and procedures discussed in this manual. Thus all investigators affiliated with Loyola must agree to accept certain responsibilities before the IRB will review an application. These responsibilities are based on the fact that interactions between the IRB and the investigator (and sponsor, if applicable) do not end with IRB approval of a project; rather interaction must continue for as long as a project remains active.
Investigators are responsible for:
- Conducting the research in accordance with ethical guidelines such that the rights of participants are protected and risks are minimized.
- Keeping abreast of the policies and procedures of the Loyola University Chicago IRB, the published guidelines for the ethical conduct of research relevant to the field of inquiry, and state and Federal regulations.
- Ensuring that the information provided in the IRB Application is accurate and complete.
- Maintaining the integrity of the project as it was originally approved by the IRB. Any proposed changes to a project must be submitted in writing to the IRB before they are implemented (see subsection on "Amendments").
- Informing the IRB upon completion of the research or departure from the University, whichever occurs first. To close a project, investigators must submit the Request to Close a Project form (see Closing a Research Project).
- Ensuring that the proposed research is not currently underway and will not begin until written approval from the IRB chair has been obtained.
- Obtaining IRB certification through the on-line training course and ensuring that all personnel associated with their project also obtain certification of on-line training (see CITI Course Instructions).
Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities
Who must have a "Faculty Sponsor"?
Investigators who are either (a) part-time employees of Loyola or (b) graduate or undergraduate students of Loyola must be sponsored by a full-time faculty member in order to conduct research on any of Loyola's campuses or at an off-campus location. Full-time faculty and staff ordinarily do not need a faculty sponsor unless conducting research for the purpose of their doctoral dissertation or masters thesis.
What is the Faculty Sponsor's Role?
Faculty sponsors are responsible for guiding investigators through every phase of the IRB process. They must be familiar with various research methods and informed of the rules and regulations governing research at this institution. The sponsor should be the primary resource when investigators have questions or need assistance with their projects. IRB personnel may also serve as resources.
Faculty sponsors are responsible for:
- Evaluating whether the investigator has sufficient knowledge and experience to conduct the proposed research.
- Reading and approving the proposed IRB application and supporting materials before it is submitted to the IRB.
- Keeping abreast of the policies and procedures of the Loyola University Chicago IRB, the published guidelines for the ethical conduct of research relevant to the field of inquiry, and state and federal regulations.
- Providing ongoing supervision of the investigator and monitoring the progress of the project. This includes signing-off on all correspondence between the investigator and the IRB (e.g., responses to conditions, amendments, and renewals).
- Ensuring that the proposed research is not currently underway, and will not begin until written approval from the IRB has been obtained.
- Obtaining IRB certification through the on-line training course (see CITI Course Instructions).